This article was written and researched by Brooke Price.
According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, family violence reports increase on average 2.7% during the holiday season. However, the number of hotline calls drops dramatically. Call volume decreases on average 53% on Christmas Day and 30% on New Years day.
With the pandemic easing a bit, and gatherings and festivities increasing this year, those numbers are bound to be on the rise. Things like stress from holiday planning, current economic uncertainty, and increased alcohol abuse, can all lead to incidents of domestic violence.
Under the Texas statutes, you are guilty of domestic violence if you:
- Attempt to or inflict physical harm, assault, or cause bodily injury to another family member, household member or person you’re in a dating relationship with; or
- Threatened a family, household member, or person you’re in a dating relationship with a type of imminent physical harm, assault, or bodily injury.
Types of domestic violence offenses in Texas include domestic assault, sexual assault, aggravated assault, and stalking/ cyberstalking.
Now is an important time to check in on your loved ones. If you recognize any warning signs of domestic violence, such as physical, emotional, or social changes, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime in Williamson County, call the Price & Twine, P.C so that we can review your case.